TBS Inks Reality-Comedy Deals


TBS is ramping up its push into reality comedy, signing a pair of production deals that are expected to yield series entries next year.

The “very funny” network continues its comedic pacings via deals with Nash Entertainment (Meet My Folks, For Love or Money) and Coquette Productions, Courteney Cox’s and David Arquette’s company.

TBS officials said show concepts will be targeted for development into pilots or full series in 2005.

The network previously worked with Nash Entertainment’s Bruce Nash on Outback Jack, the series focusing on one-dozen women being dropped into the remote part of Australia to compete for the affection of an outdoorsman. Outback Jack’s eight installments averaged more than 2 million viewers and produced triple-digit gains in key adult and female demos versus the year-earlier time slot for TBS.

Coquette is currently under a first-look agreement for scripted programming with Warner Bros. Eyeing an array of genres, the company’s recent projects in development include The Fall and Rise of Taylor Kennedy for Home Box Office; Dirt for FX; and Midnightly News and Daisy, the All-American Girl, both for Fox.

TBS -- which has stacked up a slew of off-network fare such as Seinfeld, Sex and the City and Everybody Loves Raymond -- will soon bow original reality series entries The Real Gilligan’s Island and He’s a Lady.